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    Prof E Patterson
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Project Description

A 36-month research studentship under the EPSRC iCASE scheme and co-sponsored by the National Nuclear Laboratory is available from 1st October 2016 in the field of computational modelling of engineering systems. The focus will be on exploring how the creation of an integrated nuclear digital environment enables strategic and scenario analysis. The research will build on recently published work on the design on a integrated nuclear digital environment (INDE) [1]. It has been proposed that such an environment would consist of a series of interconnected, multi-scale, multi-physics computational models linked to the real-world by data acquired during validation of prototypes, in-service monitoring and inspections of plant, post-shut-down inspections of plant and in-situ monitoring of stored waste. It is expected that the data required will be acquired through innovations in measurement, analysis and uncertainty and will be applied through projects relating to lifetime extension, decommissioning and resurgent national science programmes.

The successful candidate will join a diverse research group, which currently has ten research students. The group is supervised by Eann Patterson who has graduated more than twenty PhD students. Candidates with a good quality degree in an appropriate field of engineering or physical sciences will be considered. Previous degree expertise or strong interest in engineering management is strongly desirable. The studentship includes a standard EPSRC PhD stipend and tuition fees for UK citizens only, The industrial supervisor will be Dr Mark Bankhead of the National Nuclear Laboratory, Warrington.

For further details and to apply contact Eann Patterson ([email protected]). Also see and

Funding Notes

The studentship includes tuition fees and a standard EPSRC PhD stipend plus a CASE top-up to a total of £20,000 per annum for UK citizens only, . The industrial supervisor will be Dr Mark Bankhead of the National Nuclear Laboratory, Warrington.


Patterson, E.A., Taylor, R.J. & Bankhead, M., A framework for an integrated nuclear digital environment, Progress in Nuclear Energy, 87:97-103, 2016

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